Welcome to Pacific Grove . . .

Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove. You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambience of charm, grace and beauty.  

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. The original retreat area remains with homes dating back to the late1800s and early 1900s. Each of the vintage homes – and the newer ones as well – display their individuality. In street after street around town, the homes differ widely in size and architectural style. The downtown looks more at home at the turn of the last century than it does at the start of the new millennium.

Among the historic buildings in Pacific Grove are stately Victorian mansions that have been converted into bed and breakfast inns.

Annual special events showcase Pacific Grove’s historic homes and bed and breakfast inns, allowing the public to tour the buildings at Christmas at the Inns in December, there are other annual events that celebrate Pacific Grove’s history, including Good Old Days in May and Car Week in August.    

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

In a remarkable sight, the Monarchs cluster on trees that they have selected, presumably because of the right combination of shelter, elevation, temperature and whatever other atmospheric or geographic factors are to their liking. They look like lush leaves on the tress, fluttering in sunlight. The butterflies gather at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary on Ridge Road, off Lighthouse Avenue.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.       

Pacific Grove, CA is perfect for a romantic getaway. Pacific Grove is home to many beautiful parks and coastline. Plan a visit today to experience guided tours, gorgeous golf terrain and more. There are countless bed & breakfasts, ocean view hotels and beach hotels.

Book a hotel in Pacific Grove, CA today to experience all we have to offer! For more information, click on the links down the left side of this page, call the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce office at 831-373-3304, or visit the Tourist Information Center, located at 100 Central Ave. at the entrance to Pacific Grove and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.